[act-ma] Fwd: STRIKE Alert: Stand with Lexington Caregivers!

Aria Littlhous aria at littlhous.net
Fri Jun 27 02:40:32 PDT 2014

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From: Massachusetts Jobs with Justice <jwj at massjwj.net>
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Subject: STRIKE Alert: Stand with Lexington Caregivers!
To: aria at littlhous.net

  In May, the New York based Zenith Healthcare Group took over the former
Golden Living Nursing Home of Lexington. Zenith CEO Ari Schwartz
implemented brutal cuts that have hurt 1199SEIU caregivers and seniors,
including outrageous 40%-60% pay cuts and hiking the cost of family health
insurance to $18,000 per year for low-wage employees.

While workers don't want to strike, they are being forced to by Zenith's
disregard for community standards and quality care. That's why caregivers
have unanimously voted to strike. Your support could make a difference

*E-mail Zenith CEO Ari Schwartz
<ari at zenithcarehg.com,+info at zenithcarehg.com?subject=Ari%20Schwartz%2C%20respect%20caregivers%20%26%20seniors%20NOW!&body=As%20members%20of%20the%20community%2C%20we%20are%20outraged%20at%20Zenith%20Health%20Care's%20efforts%20to%20destroy%20good%20jobs%20and%20jeopardize%20patient%20care%20at%20the%20Golden%20Living%20Nursing%20Home%20in%20Lexington.%20We%20urge%20you%20to%20reconsider%20your%20slash%20and%20burn%20efforts%20and%20negotiate%20a%20fair%20contract%20in%20good%20faith%20that%20will%20benefit%20residents%2C%20families%2C%20and%20employees.>
and tell him you are outraged at Zenith's efforts to destroy good jobs and
jeopardize patient care! *
 *Then join us:*
 * Community Rally to Support*
*Lexington Seniors and Striking Caregivers   *
*at Zenith Nursing Home*
*840 Emerson Gardens Road, Lexington*
*5:00-6:30 PM*

RSVP and invite friends to the community rally on Facebook!
can also RSVP by emailing Patrick McCabe at patrick.mccabe at 1199.org
by phone at 617-824-1174.

Lermond Metelus, a Certified Nursing Assistant with 25 years of service at
the facility, suffered a pay cut of approximately 50% overnight. "We
already didn't have enough staff at this facility, and now they're going to
drive out anyone remotely qualified to care for many seniors who call it
home," he said.

The struggle of Lexington caregivers against Zenith has been covered in The
Boston Globe
,Lexington Minuteman
and other outlets

No one should have to suffer these callous cuts after devoting their lives
to the service of the most vulnerable members of our society. We hope
you'll join us on Monday.

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